Vishan Venkaya reaching for his dreams

Veteran jockey Vishan Venkaya ticked off one of his dreams at Caloundra on Sunday afternoon and he has a few more to achieve as he transitions into the second phase of his career in racing.

The 49-year-old also achieved a couple of special milestones at Corbould Park that late last year seemed like they were near-on impossible.

The Mauritius product suffered a terrible fall at the Sunshine Coast in late December of last year and he feared his career in the saddle was likely to be over.

The well-travelled hoop has fought his way back from extensive rehabilitation to take his first rides back and now has plans to move into training.

Venkaya is a dual-licensed trainer and jockey at the moment, with the likelihood he focuses in on his conditioning of gallopers in the near future.

He is thinking big when it comes to his training career.

"This was my dream to go from being a jockey to being a trainer," Venkaya said.

"Now that dream is accomplished.

"Hopefully I can get some better horses and win a Group 1 one day."

Former Townsville-based mare Frazzled was the first official starter in Venkaya's training pursuits, transferring to his barn after recently doing her racing for Liliana McCormack.

The bay mare got well back in her first assignment for her new trainer and rider but the veteran hoop was pleased with the effort.

"Coming from the form in Townsville, to run fifth, that was a courageous run," he said.

"I was very pleased with the first run and hopefully from that run she can improve.

"I think we will look to Kilcoy or Gatton for a race in the near future as well as something that is a little bit further.

"I think she has had a big improvement since she has come to me and that is exciting for me."

Regardless of his training career, the Deagon-based Venkaya is smiling to be back out on the track doing what he loves.

When the rider came off Spiritual at Caloundra on December 27 of last year, he feared his days in the saddle were over.

It took Venkaya seven months before he was back able to ride in trials and track work after suffering injuries to several different parts of his body.

As well as his return booking on his own galloper on Sunday, Venkaya travelled south of the border for one ride at Lismore for fellow Deagon trainer Christopher Zintilis on Monday. 

"When I had that fall, I thought I would not be able to ride again," he said.

"But, eventually I made my way back riding track work and in trials and then I thought I would give it a go race riding again.

"I am all right and back riding now."

Racing has taken Venkaya all round the world, arriving in Australia about a decade ago at Beaudesert.

He had a bad fall around 20 years ago where he took time away from race riding to work in stables to learn from trainers in his home country and England.

The rookie trainer is hopeful of extending his stable numbers to as many as 10 gallopers in work as he builds momentum.

"With all these injuries, I am planning now to take my trainers licence out for my future," he said.

"I am planning to finish up race riding and perform more in training.

"Maybe I can do that by the end of this year.

"My focus will now be training."

Venkaya is set to have his second starter at the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon when Without Choice steps out in a Class 2 Plate

The five-year-old gelding was a recent trial winner at Deagon.

He also has maiden galloper Chayse 'N' Noah in work, who he has high hopes for.

"I expect a good opportunity from her," he said of the maiden galloper.

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